Gaining the skills in how to teach sewing to a child is a good way to assist in developing their fine motor skills and their ability to follow directions. These abilities are important for practically everything.

Kids can learn what interests them. Having a good teacher makes for a much more rewarding learning experience. Here are some ideas that can help you in being a great teacher.

A few adults start when their little ones are four years old. And others will wait a little later. Having patience and the gift to size up a youngster’s skills to tackle a new talent are vital for being a great instructor.

Once the little one has the ability to push a needle through a piece or 2 of material and pull the needle through, instruction can commence. An option is to help them in repairing stuffed toys or other items which are in need of repairing. You could thread the needle and explain the way to fix the rip in a beloved toy by pulling the needle through a side and then the opposite side of the rip. You can stay by the youngster’s side to assist in making certain that a finger tip doesn’t get punctured by the needle.

Allowing a little one to help you as you are using a sewing machine gives the groundwork for future learning. You can teach children to sew whether or not they have had any training. Even just watching and assisting you help ready them for their own projects later on. When you’re using your machine, you can tell what you’re doing. One might be constructing a dress, for example. You could explain that you are stitching the shoulder seam. You are pressing the pressure foot down. Just clearly explain the steps you’re taking. The youth learns from seeing and from hearing.

If the item you’re stitching is for the child, it’s even more exciting. Little ones are in awe to watch the pieces come together to create clothing they can wear.

Having fun is important as you teach children to sew. When it’s not fun, they will be frustrated easily and could quit before developing the skills neccessary to create their own projects. If you become upset, they will no longer be having fun.

There are a lot of books about how to teach sewing skills to kids of different ages. An instructional book is another item that can help you become a good teacher.

JoAnn is a sewing enthusiast who enjoys sharing her passion for sewing with all ages. Author of seven books and multiple e-books that explore many sewing applications, JoAnn seeks to encourage you on your sewing journey and instill in you a love for sewing. Visit her at

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